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ASA Eindrücke

Das Art School Alliance Programm an der HFBK aus Sicht der Stipendiat*innen:

Anouk Grandits, Purchase College, School of Art+Design, New York

WS 2019/20

I wanted to be in the Art School Alliance because it feels like a residency with all the more support of a school. The ASA program is so generous with its students as well. I knew that I wanted to attend HFBK because it seemed like such a big shift outside of what I am used to. Not only is the European teaching model very different to the USA’s, but HFBK is such an international school I feel as though I am receiving even more various approaches to my education.

Tessa Gustin, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

SoSe 2019

The most remarkable thing about studying at the HFBK is seeing the other HFBK students being so sharp and passionate about their work. Also, the workshops are so trusting of their students, it’s the best environment to produce ambitious pieces. Students and teaching staff are always willing to help. They are very generous and the individual meetings are always enriching. The HFBK forms a real community and every week, many art-related events initiated by the students are happening.

Julen Laburu Gibaut, Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires

SoSe 2019

At the HFBK there is a lot of freedom in regards to the development of projects and the possibility to take courses. It is very satisfying that you can discuss your projects with different professors. The openness both of the teaching staff as well as the students is something to emphasize. Also, it is very interesting to see the works and the artistic processes of different, international students as we share the tutorials in our flats and see what everyone is doing.

Talya Feldman, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston

SoSe 2019

The exchanges I have had with staff and students at the HFBK have made me a better and more thoughtful artist. The varying insights I have received on my work have enabled me to approach my concepts in new ways. They made me have more confidence in my choices of materials and my process decisions. I value the relaxed attitude that students and professors have, while at the same time strongly focusing on their work and deeply respecting everyone else’s.

Rosie Dowd-Smyth, Goldsmiths, University of London

WS 2017/18, SoSe 2018

Having flat and studio in one place is amazing. I really like to be totally surrounded by what I am thinking about, so being surrounded by art all the time is such a luxury. To basically live in a studio is ridiculously exciting and I’ll probably never have that much space again. In the ASA studios I can work on seven things at once and it doesn’t bother anyone. It’s one of those amazing opportunities that you really don’t have to think of anything else but your work and art. The international context definitely subconsciously influences my work – I’ve never met and lived with so many people from different backgrounds in my life and it’s quite fascinating.

Violeta Paez Armando, Goldsmiths, University of London

WS 2017/18, SoSe 2018

Residence systems in general are more happening in an international and global context, so I think it’s important to already experience this context before graduating – and the ASA exchange is perfect for that. It’s both very interesting and stressful to show your work to a totally new environment and explain your own context. You really have to rethink all of the things that (back home) are being assumed about your work which really helps to develop and overthink your work and art practice. I also enjoyed the approach towards art at HFBK: Instead of getting lost in concepts and forgetting about the actual art HFBK really focuses on the art practice and development of techniques. There is a strong awareness on materials and a very sculptural understanding of things.

Hélène Padoux, ENSBA Paris

WS 2017/18, SoSe 2018

My work has changed a lot since I am here because I feel freer to test things and expand my ideas. This freedom led to a transition in my art, it changed my work and approach towards it. Not only regarding the size of my pieces – it’s the first time that I can really work on high formats because we have a really high ceiling here at the ASA studios and pretty good light. But also, it helped me to see my work from a new angle – sometimes a fresh view on your work is so accurate. I am really fond of the general approach here to talk about art: People wouldn’t ask why you do something, but what you are interested in. Everyone speaks easily here and is open to share ideas and thoughts about art.

Maximilian Kolten, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien

WS 2017/18

Man kann sich das ASA Programm im Grunde wie eine Residenz vorstellen, die ich dazu genutzt habe um mich noch mal mit ganz anderen Leuten auszutauschen und mit den Professor*innen an der HFBK über meine Arbeit zu sprechen. Genau diese Möglichkeit, meine Arbeit in einem neuen Kontext zu verorten und ganz anderes Feedback zu bekommen, war für mich besonders wichtig und bereichernd. Auch die Werkstätten an der HFBK sind wirklich gut und ich war wirklich positiv überrascht, dass der Zugang so einfach und individuell regelbar ist und man immer gut durch die Werkstattleiter*innen betreut ist – selbst als Gaststudent. Ich bin wirklich froh mich bei ASA beworben zu haben und mit den Einflüssen, die ich hier mitgenommen habe, jetzt meinen Abschluss anzugehen.

Erzhuo Zhao, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

WS 2017/18

“You are the one that knows most about your own work” is what the teaching staff at HFBK told me when discussing my work. Studying here rather means to discuss and debate controversially then just soaking up knowledge. I think it is a very empowering approach and totally different from what I have experienced so far, it’s very liberating regarding my artistic work. But also, the international aspect influences my work: We talk a lot at the ASA studios and exchange about our cultures and different experiences in making art. This made me even more conscious about myself and my work but also inspired me to try out some new materials and technics.

Vienna Gist, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles

SoSe 2017, WS 2017/18

My studies at HFBK led me to expand my art practice a lot and since I am here my work has changed and is more hands-on. One reason might be that the workshops here are amazing and I spent a lot of time in the ceramic workshop. I even want to continue what I’ve been doing here for my graduate show back home. I really enjoyed how friendly people are and it’s easy to get involved here at school as well as in Hamburg in general. The students here are very social and there were many collaborative works I participated in.

María Eva Quetglas Vassel, Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires

SoSe 2017, WS 2017/18

For me the key word is freedom – participating in the ASA programme is just like someone says: Ok, do your work and be an artist, the rest is taken care of. I feel like I can really just focus on my studies while the university takes care of everything else, like housing, studio, all the formal organization and so on. But also, the studies themselves at HFBK are very open and free. So instead of getting grades it is a lot about receiving feedback and discussing each other’s work – I think it’s the best way to grow and develop your art, I really like it! So, the ASA programme may sound like a dream and you think “what is the catch?” – but there is no catch, really.

Cecilie Nørgaard, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien

SoSe 2017, WS 2017/18

It’s a very important acknowledgement that developing something good takes a lot of time and space – this is what the ASA programme generously provides you. In terms of living and working but also regarding the attention given to the students. The latter of which is particularly remarkable about HFBK from my point of view, the school does really take care of the students and is a great place to develop a good art practice. Also, the other ASA partner schools widened my approach towards art. Sharing so much time and thoughts with the Goldsmiths students was for me personally very eye-opening.